Reviews for Runaway Twin
Booklist Reviews 2009 September #1
Kehret's latest novel offers reluctant readers a fast-paced, simple plot with unexpected adventure. After bouncing around Nebraska's foster-care system since she was three, 13-year-old Sunny Skyland finally finds stability with kind Rita. Yet, despite Sunny's happy living situation, she cannot help but think about her long-lost twin sister, Starr, from whom she was separated ten years ago. After finding cash on a trail near her home (she does attempt to find the owners), Sunny decides to run away to Washington State (where she and Starr lived before their separation) to find her sister. Sunny is a clever and resourceful teen who manages to rescue a stray dog, survive a tornado, and overpower bullies. While the highly anticipated reunion with Starr is a letdown, readers will be most struck by Sunny's compassion and determination during a difficult adventure. Even though there is nothing particularly fresh in this tale, the easy first-person narrative and consistent action will engage struggling readers. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
Foster child Sunny dreams of reuniting with her twin sister, Starr, after years of separation. Soon fate leads Sunny on a journey from Nebraska to Washington State, accompanied by a stray dog, to find Starr, but the reunion is not what Sunny had expected. Readers will enjoy following the protagonist on her emotional voyage. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2009 September #1
A runaway teen travels from Nebraska to Washington searching for the twin sister she's been separated from for ten years. Haunted by memories of her sister, 13-year-old Sunny decides it's time to start looking when she stumbles upon an abandoned bag of money. A veteran of seven foster-care placements, Sunny doesn't want to leave her current home with Rita, who gives her space, makes her laugh and lets her choose clothes, books and music. Propelled by her dream of finding her sister, though, Sunny carefully escapes by bus, but she isn't prepared for the homeless dog, the bullies or the tornado she encounters en route. Nor is she prepared for what her search reveals. Narrating her tale in a realistic voice, Sunny explains she's not a bad girl. As she crosses the country alone, she's resilient in the face of danger, honest when temptation calls and pragmatic when she realizes Rita may be the family she needs. Although Sunny's resourcefulness and maturity stretch credibility, her dogged determination will inspire. (Fiction. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Reviews 2009 December
Gr 5-7--Sunny Skyland has missed her twin sister ever since they were separated at age three after their mother and grandmother were killed in an automobile accident. Sunny has kept her memories of Starr alive over the past decade and in seven foster homes. Then, the discovery of a canvas bag containing $800, with no claimant, spurs Sunny to travel from Nebraska to her old neighborhood in Enumclaw, WA. Sunny is an experienced runaway who plans carefully and tells no one. She boards a bus for the first leg of her journey but then complicates her life by adopting a stray dog. Her trip is thwarted by a group of teenage boys, and she survives a tornado. She does reach her destination, but not with the expected ending. At times the plot twists, although possible, are improbable. Nonetheless, Sunny is a compelling and resourceful character whose adventures will keep readers turning the pages to see how things turn out.--Kathryn Kosiorek, formerly at Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH [Page 122]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
VOYA Reviews 2009 December
Separated from her twin sister, Starr, when they were three-year-old orphans in Washington state, Sunny Skyland spends the next ten years bouncing around foster homes in Nebraska. Her current foster mother has provided her a good home, but Rita has strict food rules that rankle the thirteen-year-old. When Sunny finds a bag containing $820 in a vacant lot, she decides to use the cash to return to Washington and find her twin. Without telling Rita, Sunny boards a bus and begins the long trek. When the bus makes a restaurant stop in a small town, Sunny discovers a stray dog begging for food. Feeling alone herself, Sunny identifies with Snickers--as she dubs the mixed-breed--and dog and girl bond. Buses don't allow dogs, though, so Sunny and Snickers begin their journey on foot. Many adventures ensue, including a hurricane, an encounter with two bullies who try to steal her backpack, and enlisting a friendly cabdriver to drive them four hours closer to Washington. When Sunny and Snickers reach her former hometown, she finds her twin (a bit too deus ex machina), but their reunion is nothing like Sunny imagined The writing is smooth and flows from incident to incident with good cliffhanger chapter endings. The book offers insights into the subjects of foster homes, bullying, friendship, self-confidence, and personal responsibility. A few aspects of the plot seem contrived, but overall the story is appealing and lively. Dog lovers will enjoy the relationship between Snickers and Sunny.--Florence H. Munat 3Q 3P M J Copyright 2009 Voya Reviews.